The June 9 Committee of the Whole (COW) will receive a new report from the Accessibility and Transparency Sub-Committee, coupled with a revised draft of the Integrity Commisioner by-law.
The biggest change is removing the prohibition against complainants publicly disclosing their complaint while the complaint is under investigation. In the previous draft, Section 12(2) read:
Where a Complainant is found by the Integrity Commissioner to have disclosed, or permitted the disclosure of the existence of, or the contents of, their Complaint in any manner not required under this By-law, the Complaint shall be deemed to be frivolous, vexatious or not made in good faith
After discussing the prior recommendation to change the language from "shall" to "may" - in effect leaving it to the commissioner's discretion - the subcommittee resolved instead to strike section 12 entirely.
This is good news for transparency and accountability in a city whose affairs can only benefit from the bright light of public disclosure.
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